2012 Honda Crosstour

The 2012 Honda Crosstour is a coupe-like SUV built on the same platform as the Accord sedan. In fact, the model was known as the Accord Crosstour for the 2010 and 2011 model years but is now just called the Crosstour for 2012. The Crosstour is Honda’s answer to the Toyota Venza but takes a different approach as it goes more for sport than utility.

Cargo Room & Trim Lines

The 2012 Crosstour’s sleek design limits cargo room. The model has cargo room of 25.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 51.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. This compares to the Venza, which has dimensions of 34.4/70.1. The Crosstour more closely compares to the Land Rover Evoque, which has cargo dimensions of 20.3/51.0.

The Crosstour is offered in two trim lines: EX and EX-L. All Crosstours feature standard auto-dimming mirror, rearview camera, Bluetooth, and auto headlights, and USB audio interfaces as standard features for 2012. The EX-L trim adds leather seats and an available navigations system. New paint colors are Basque Red Pearl and Twilight Blue Metallic.

A New Four-Cylinder Model

The biggest news for 2012 is that the Crosstour adds a four-cylinder engine. Previously the model was only available with a V6. The Venza has offered a four-cylinder base engine since its debut. The four-cylinder Crosstour will be front-wheel drive whereas the V6 model has optional all-wheel drive. The four-cylinder model will also come with 17-inch alloy wheels whereas V6 models carry 18-inch wheels.

The four-cylinder Crosstour will have a 192 horsepower engine and come standard with a five-speed automatic transmission. This is significantly less power than the 271 horsepower V6. According to Motor Trend, the 2012 Crosstour has a 0-60 time of 7.3 seconds with the V6.

Fuel economy is rated at 21-mpg city and 29-mpg highway in the four-cylinder Crosstour. This compares to 18-mpg city and 27-mpg highway with the V6. The V6 AWD is rated at 18/26. The four-cylinder Crosstour release date will be in January 2012.

Pricing

The 2012 Honda Crosstour offers the ride height of an SUV with the sleek appearance of a coupe. The V6 model has a starting MSRP of $30,340, and slots in between the CR-V and Pilot in Honda’s SUV lineup. A fully loaded Crosstour can exceed $37,000 in price.

The four-cylinder 2012 Crosstour has an MSRP of $27,655 (plus $810 destination charge). This is very competitive with the Toyota Venza, which starts at $27,425. In addition to the Venza, the Crosstour’s competitors include the Infiniti EX, Ford Edge, Mazda CX-7, and Nissan Murano. The Acura ZDX is a much more luxurious coupe-like SUV from Honda.

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